57 Delicious & Healthy Ways to Use Leftover Chicken

By: Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D.  |  Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Roasting a whole chicken has always been one of my favorite meal-prep tips—cook once and you'll have dinner tonight plus more for meals all week. I've even made it part of my regular Sunday routine. Trust me, it's easy!
Not only is buying a whole chicken easy on your wallet (it's cheaper per pound than buying chicken parts), roasting your own means it will have almost 50 percent less sodium than the rotisserie birds at your grocery store. Use this easy roast chicken recipe to cook two whole birds side-by-side on one pan: you only have to heat the oven once, but you'll have enough leftover chicken to put to good use with these 57 ideas:
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1. Stir it into a quick chicken chili with sweet potatoes
Pictured Recipe: Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes
2. Top homemade cheesy black bean nachos
3. Add it to a quesadilla with sautéed spinach
4. Simmer with vegetables and broth for a quick chicken soup
5. Mix with Buffalo sauce, carrots, celery and blue cheese
6. Make a chicken Cobb salad
7. Use it for tacos topped with red cabbage slaw
8. Top a baked sweet potato with chicken, scallions and Cheddar cheese
9. Add it to a vegetable stir-fry with teriyaki sauce
10. Toss with barbecue sauce for a sandwich
11. Stuff into enchiladas with cheese and kale
12. Make chicken pasta salad with broccoli, tomatoes and Italian dressing
13. Stuff in a burrito with rice, beans, guacamole and corn
14. Scatter over a mushroom and cheese pizza
15. Turn it into a tasty chicken Parm-inspired dip

Watch Video: How to Make Chicken Parmesan Dip

Pictured Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Dip
16. Thread onto skewers with tomato, basil and baby mozzarella
17. Slice into a pita with watercress and tzatziki
18. Make a quinoa bowl with hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes
19. Mix with soy sauce and chives for a dumpling filling
20. Tuck into a chicken and root vegetable potpie
21. Stir into gumbo with frozen okra and corn
22. Add to macaroni and cheese with broccoli
23. Sauté with peppers and onions to make fajitas
24. Make a frittata with chicken and herbs
25. Add to fried rice along with carrots and peas
26. Use for chicken Divan
27. Fry up a hash with frozen potatoes, spinach and chorizo
28. Make classic chicken salad with grapes and tarragon
29. Shred into Asian sesame noodles
30. Bake a shepherd's pie
Pictured Recipe: Chicken & Mushroom Shepherd's Pie
31. Top cooked lentils and sautéed kale and drizzle with fish sauce
32. Layer with artichokes and ricotta cheese into a lasagna
33. Fold into a wrap with bacon, lettuce and mayo
34. Make a flatbread with pesto and fresh mozzarella
35. Mix with rice, peas and a light mushroom cream sauce
36. Make calzones with broccoli, cheese and marinara sauce
37. Toss with fish sauce, rice noodles and coleslaw mix for a Thai salad
38. Top a Caesar salad
39. Whip up chicken tetrazzini
40. Mix with wild rice and stuff a delicata squash
41. Make a chowder with bacon and potatoes
42. Combine with breadcrumbs, scallion and egg for chicken patties
43. Add to roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberries
44. Top toast for an open-face melt with Gruyère
45. Add it to a hearty fall salad with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts
Pictured Recipe: Chicken, Arugula & Butternut Squash Salad with Brussels Sprouts
46. Use as a layer in 7-layer dip
47. Thread onto skewers and serve with peanut sauce
48. Use as a topping for ramen with bok choy
49. Sauté with eggplant and peppers and serve over polenta
50. Make a Mexican quiche with black beans, corn and salsa
51. Make hand pies with mashed sweet potatoes
52. Slide into a biscuit and top with gravy
53. Toss with hot gnocchi, chard and cheese
54. Add to Chinese lo mein with egg noodles
55. Fold into an egg roll filling with napa cabbage and hoisin sauce
56. Stuff into crêpes with goat cheese and roasted butternut squash
57. Combine with mayo and Cheddar to make chicken pimiento cheese
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